Generosity Learning Opportunities

The Learning Opportunities page highlights upcoming webinars and presentations across the United Church of Christ on stewardship and generosity.

Learning opportunities are available for those interested in building a stronger financial foundation for a sustainable ministry.

Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar

Can fundraising be ministry? Can stewardship be spiritual? The Cultivating Generous Congregations Seminar for pastors and lay leaders offers an opportunity to explore faithful, practical, and tested ways to promote generosity in our congregations. We will draw on current research, seek guidance from the wisdom of scripture, and discuss the best practices in church-based fundraising. Pastors and leaders participating in this program will be equipped to lead an effective stewardship campaign and, more broadly, help their congregation reclaim generosity as a spiritual practice. 

$300 for Two Leaders – additional spots in the seminar available at $150/person.

Register or Learn More at

https://web.cvent.com/event/40ce86e7-3758-49bc-a32f-7d8c60bebe3a/summary

Upcoming Workshops

August 10 – Building an Endowment

7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time (6:30pm to 7:30pm Central)

An endowment can support a congregation and its wider mission. But where do you start? This webinar will provide ideas and policies for creating and growing an endowment for your congregation. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvcuigrzwjGNxlyLA8IgH2owPSTuaYABtZ 

Aug 24 – Annual Campaigns 101 

7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time (6:30pm to 7:30pm Central)

Designed for pastors and lay leaders planning an annual pledge campaign, we will explore ways to create an effective campaign. We will reflect on the core purpose of a campaign, discuss practical steps leaders can take, and explore creative ideas to design a campaign uniquely suited to your congregation. Join this webinar to develop and strengthen plans for a successful fall campaign.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqcOisrDIuGtILHc4C6fSI0A6mwf_-q0dc

Sept. 28 – Narrative Budgets: Telling your Story by the Numbers

7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time (6:30pm to 7:30pm Central)

A narrative budget translates the line items of a traditional budget into a story of how your congregation makes a difference in the world. It can be a helpful tool for a stewardship campaign or annual meeting. By telling the story of our congregations’ impact, we can inspire generosity in our donors.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrd-qsqjIoH9UU2SlF1iqR6LdEV9ensVBe

Oct. 26 – Planned Giving to Support Mission and Ministry 

7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time (6:30pm to 7:30pm Central)

While significant wealth transfer occurs as each generation passes, many congregations and ministries remain unprepared to promote planned giving options. Only 5% of people leave a charitable bequest even though nearly a third of people would if asked or invited to consider one. Through this webinar, you will learn key concepts and create an action plan for your congregation or ministry.

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://UCC.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMrd-mtrTkjGdTyd66hqstJeCd2pc-P5ul5